Friday, May 8, 2015

How to get a good children's studio photo.

Anyone who has ever tried to snap a photo of a young child would know that it is extremely hard. Many children between the age of 1 and 4 are just simply all over the place. They will not sit in one spot for more than 5 seconds. This can make taking photos of children very challenging. One trick that I like to use is to switch up the props frequently. Children have a very limited attention span.  So constantly changing props around will help to keep their attention. I also try to have lots of toys on hand this will keep them engaged in looking your way for more than just a few seconds. Suggesting I parents to bring children after they have had a nap,
or at their happiest time of day is also a big help. Keeping patient and trying very hard will always result in a beautiful photo. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

How to take a pretty bridge photo.

A landscape can be one of the hardest things to photograph. I would suggest picking the best time of day for your photos. Pick a time of day when your bridge is light perfectly. This way your bridge will stand out in a photo. I like to also shoot in camera settings with a higher appeture number. Higher number will allow you to have a more in focus photo. I prefer having a bridge photo that is more in focus with a background slightly in focus. To much background blurr for a landscape is just not something I prefer.  Think of a different viewing perspective.  Get up higher than normal or lower than normal this will make for a more visually interesting photo. Posting the same straight on view that every spectator can post on their phone just isn't the best option. The photo below was taken at sunset at point park in Parkersburg, WV. I am always chasing a beautiful sky.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

What to wear for your High School Senior Photo session.

What should I wear for my high school photos session?   This is a pressing question on the minds of many high school seniors before their photo shoot. I think it is important to work with your photographer to design and plan background and outfits that will work with each location.  Planning several months in advance is key. Do not wait until a day before your photos to decide on your wardrobe.  I always have graduating seniors text or Facebook message me their clothing choices.
Proper planning ahead of time will ensure a wonderful photo.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

High School Senior Photos

Its that time for Graduating High School Seniors in Parkersburg, WV will be thinking about senior photos. When choosing a photographer its important to find someone who will work with your children.  Its very important to find someone who will listen to the needs of the senior. By listening to what the teens want it will bring more business.  I always have the seniors fill out a questionnaire. This will help gather information on the interests of the student.  From that point I customize a location and props to the questionnaire.

Its not only gathering the information.  Putting a plan together that will not only make the client happy but deliver an amazing photo shoot is important.  I like to offer both indoor and outdoor photo options. It is a great way to get seniors interested in the process and excited about their photos. Having a good selection of props and backdrops will also ensure a successful shoot.  Seniors like to have lots of options.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A helpful tip to get children to take good photos.

Today I found myself wondering how I would be able to get a 2 year old client to take good photos. The best photos are not always the posed ones. The natural photos when kids are playing or naturally moving around can be the best.  I deal with a large number of newborns and children, so I am always trying to see what will work to get a good photo.  Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world.  Children can be difficult to photograph, especially at the age of 2.  They want to move around constantly. Getting a child to sit or stand for more than a second can be extremely difficult.  The little girl I had today was just precious. She mainly wanted to sit on my lap and give me hugs lol. Which is cute but doesn't get the parents who are paying there prized photos they are wanting.  The challenge was to get her to the photo area.  Once she was there I needed her to stay there for at least a minute or two to snap a few photos.

I had a small gumball machine that she found.  One tip for working with children put everything up and out of reach and eye sight. If they can see it they will get it.  Remember to get on their eye level.   I figured we should just use the gumballs to entice her to take some photos since she was showing some interest in them.  After getting the parents okay for the gumballs, I placed a few pieces in my hand.   I told her that if she did a few photos she could have one piece of gum.  She was super excited. She ran over sat in the chair.  After quickly grabbing my camera I was able to grab a few really great shots. I made her do one more time then gave her the reward. This went off and on for about the full hour.  You never know what will work for a child. Today the gumballs were the key to a successful children's photo shoot.  My best advice is to see what the kids are focused on and used that to get the best photos possible.  Have a stash of candy or gum close.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Valentines Day Childrens Photos

One of my favorite parts of being a photographer is doing themed photos.  I just love to do photos with a special theme.  The large number of holidays throughout the year helps to keep a steady amount of work for the studio.  For Valentines Day photos this year I thought I would try to do something that would work good for girls or boys .  My backdrop is a mix of pink, red, and white hearts.  I also tried to get a large number of props for these. I have a small mailbox with valentines day cards.  I also have some sparkly hearts that I sprinkled around on the floor. I use the hearts in a few photos then take them out for the remaining few photos.  What I have learned is the props with glitter can be very aggrevating. The glitter get all over the kids and is very hard to sweep up in between other sessions.  For future sessions I will not be buying any props with glitter. 

For seating I purchased a cheap chair at an antique store.  I painted it pink and then placed a piece of pink fur over the seat.  I also purchased a red rocking chair for the boys. I had another white stool that I used in the older kids.  

By having a large number of props the sessions went quick. We could rotate out photography props throughout the 30 minute session.  Having a good number of props helped to keep the kids attentions for some wonderful pictures.  It also gave the parents a number of different poses to choose from.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

How to make your clients feel comfortable when shooting boudoir photos.

With Valentines Day just around the corner. I have been booking an increased number of boudoir photo sessions.  I just had a client drive an hour and a half to my studio in Vienna, WV. Women are very eager to do a private photo shoot for their husbands or significant others for the holiday.  Many women are afraid to take the initial steps to book the the appointment.  I assure all my clients that photos will be kept personal and private.  I also go over all of items that they should bring.

It is very important to do a few things to make your client feel completely comfortable before, during, and after their session.  I like to start by forming a good relationship with my client before the shoot. A phone conversation and several messages back and forth about the shoot will help easy any anxiety for you and the client. I like to go ahead and set and expectation with the client how the shoot will go.  I also give them a timeline of the process and what to expect at their photo session.  During the photo shoot I kept telling my client how wonderful they are doing repeatedly throughout the session.  This helps to build up confidence and make them feel more at ease.  I also keep music playing during the full session.

When we were done I was pleased that the client was so excited to see her pics.  She commented that she had a great time and was even talking about booking future sessions.  By putting in a little bit of time with her I was able to make her feel comfortable.  It's very important to have fun when doing these sessions. It just helps to lighten the mood and calm every ones nerves.  After our successful shoot I gained a new client and definitely some future business.